Saturday, 18 October 2014

Yukon

 

Do you remember reading about the Yukon Gold Rush in school?
I do.
What always struck me was how many of these men had actually left comfortable homes and lifestyles to come out to the wilds of the Yukon to seek their fortunes in gold.
 
Wal-Mart lot in Whitehorse Yukon Oct-2014
 
Now having lived in the Yukon on and off for several years, I can tell you that men seeking their fortunes in gold  here has never really ended at all.
 
Wal-Mart lot in Whitehorse Oct-2014
 
Before travelling further east we stopped in Whitehorse's Wal-Mart Store and I snapped these three photos of  what are probably someones summer residences while in the Yukon or possibly Alaska.
 
Wal-Mart lot Whitehorse-October 2014
 
I would guess all are on stopped over here before heading on their ways home.
 
In the Eastern Yukon, where I have spent a couple of my summers, there are still many gold claims and many people who come back every summer to work them.
Although it's not unusual for the locals or summer visitors to pan for gold, the serious miners now use the heavy and expensive equipment that one sees on the ever so popular TV programs.
One miner told me that it cost him fifty thousand dollars just to start up his mining operation every year. This wasn't for the cost of any equipment either!
Many times the workers wages are a cut of whatever gold is found.
So imagine the risk that you may be working all summer for little or nothing....
 
I don't pretend to be an expert on this topic, but I thought I would share what I have learnt first hand with you, just to give you a wee glimpse of
 this aspect of the Yukon.
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On a personal note, I have been busy working full time again so my blogging will be sporadic.
Although I haven't had time to leave comments I still have been following your blogs when possible.
It's good to see all are well and enjoying Fall!
Until next time-Kimberly




Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Beautiful, Beautiful British Columbia

 

Hello Friends!
I wanted to drop back by and share my British Columbia photos with you.
Tim and I have been on the road again traveling across Northern Canada.
 
Although it is not the greatest time for beautiful pictures with all of the Fall leaves already on the ground and the dreary weather, it seems there is always something photo worthy here in Beautiful, Beautiful British Columbia!
 
 
Here is a photo that was taken just before entering Muncho Lake Park, British Columbia.
As you can see, there were still a few leaves on the trees here.
 
 
Even on a cloudy day the waters flowing through the mountain drive is still an amzing aqua colour.
 
 
I don't remember ever passing through Northern BC without encountering herds of Caribou.
This is just a small group, there were many more later on down the road.
 
 
And isn't this fellow gorgeous?
He is acting like I can't see him behind that scrawny tree.
Silly Wood Buffalo!
I noticed that he has quite a huge hump on his back.
This made me wonder if it wasn't some indication of prestige among the herd....
After trying to research why, I only came up with this Chippewa First Nations Legend.
 
If you are interested in viewing more Buffalo photos from our April trip through Northern British Columbia you may visit here.
 
I will be back in a couple of days to share a few  new shots from the Yukon.
I hope to see you then!
 






Thursday, 18 September 2014

Beautiful Bird Books

 

Hello Friends
I am taking a short blogging break.
There is no particular reason, I just have a few things I need to get finished.
I will be back as soon as the deeds are done.
Take care!


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

SNOW

 

When my husband pulled the bedroom curtain back this morning and said, "You're not going to believe this", I knew right away that it had to be snow.
And sure enough it was!
I have previously lived on Lake Superior, both on the Southern shore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the North shore here in Ontario, but I don't remember snow ever this early in the season.
My son had warned me that the weather forecast for this Winter was an early and a long one.
But really, this is ridiculous...
 
Now I have decided not to procrastinate any longer. I will
spend today going through those drawers and closets to switch out my Summer clothes for Winter ones.
Yes, I will!
 
And another thing on my mind... Has anyone started working on any Christmas gift projects yet?
This snow has certainly got me thinking that I should be getting started in that direction.
I'd love to hear your ideas!!
 
 



Monday, 15 September 2014

Favourite Small Living Home Chosen

 
The vote is in and the favourite home for my Small Home Living Series was House #3.
 Many of you could not make a decision on a favourite because you liked certain elements in all of them.
Me, too!
But unanimously, Small Living Home #3 was chosen as the favourite. 
 And I believe from your remarks that the porch seemed to be the clincher for most of you....
 
along with its staircase. 
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My own personal favourite was Small Living House #1.
There wasn't anything that I didn't like about this home!
 
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If I had to choose what sealed the deal for me, it would have to be the loft.
As a mother of three sons myself (and a lovely daughter), I could visualise my own three boys having shared this space while they were growing up.
There would've been a lot of noise below from all of their wrestling, but still I'm sure that I could've lived with it! 
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Although my Small Home Living Series is complete for now, I do want to give a shout out to another tiny house that I stumbled upon.
This small home is owned by the Berzin family and I think you will enjoy their story and how they came to the decision to live in a tiny home themselves.
It's interesting...
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At 8:30 AM this morning it is 40F or -5C here and the sun is shining.
Since last week nearly every day was cool, dreary, and rainy the sunshine is a very welcome surprise.
I hope this first day of the week is a good one for you too!
Kimberly


 
 



Sunday, 14 September 2014

Please Pray for the Persecuted

 

Yesterday, on September 13, there was a Prayer March at the Day of Mourning in Queen's Park, Toronto.
 
The request of prayer is for the thousands of our Christian brothers and sisters who are being beheaded, driven out of their homes and churches, or sold as sex slaves in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other terrorist laden countries.
Pray for all who are being persecuted at the hands of these evil terrorist.
Truly, the atrocities that are happening to the Christians are so unspeakable that I could not even write them and remain on Blogger.
 
If you are interested in learning more about how you might let your voice be heard in defence of all who are helpless to help themselves, please check here.
 
Matthew 18:18
"Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth
shall be bound in heaven: and Whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven".
Please pray...
 
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Friday, 12 September 2014

Small Home Living Series House #3

 
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For the third house in my Small Home Living Series I have chosen a 480 sq. ft. home that is located in Blanco, Tx.
 
I'm sorry to say that I was not about to find any personal information to go along with this Small Home Living house, but I think you will appreciate touring it none the less.
 


 
We begin with the view of the living/dining area from the loft bedroom above.
It's very warm and cozy, isn't it?
 
 
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This next photo is a view from the living/dining room looking towards the kitchen, the bathroom and the loft.
I think this ladder with the shelving for storage organisation is an ingenious idea.
We had a ladder like this in our cabin.
 Were we still living there I think I might have had to ask Tim to build shelves just like these!
 
A fully equipped kitchen.
 
 
There are two doors in this bathroom. I'm assuming one is for storage and that a  shower is behind the other door.
 

 
The loft/bedroom area.
 
 
And lots of wonderful porch area.
 

 
I'm not sure about Texas, but here in Northern Ontario you could make this screened porch area into a summer bedroom.
 Wouldn't that be grand to bed out in the open were you could fall asleep star gazing?
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Now that I have shown you three Small Living Homes this past week, please let me know which one is your favorite.
What is it that you liked that made you chose one particular home over the other two homes?
 
Small Home Living House #1 here.
Small Home Living  House #2 here.
And today's Small Home Living House #3.
 
I will give you the results on Monday for the over all favourite.
Until then, have a good weekend!
I'm hoping we will get a weekend morning that's warmer than the 30's here!